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Our Semmingly Nearby Moon

Posted February 10th, 2018 at 02:18 PM by Radrook

The moon seems nearby when viewed on a clear night. Yet at its closest it is 225,623 miles away and 252,088 miles at its farthest giving it an average distance of 238,855 miles. So the difference between being farthest and nearest is 13,233 miles or approx a little more than four times the distance from the USA East Coast to its West coast.

Which means that when the moon is farthest away, at 252,088 miles, you can almost fit 32 Earths within that distance. When it's closest with the moon at 225,623 miles away, you can fit between 28 and 29 Earths.

Still think itís close? Well, consider the following. If you start walking at at 3 miles per hour it would take you 75,207.66 hours to cover the nearest distance to the moon That would be approx 3,133.65 days. Which would be 11.82 years. Thatís at constant walk with no rests.

Driving at constant 60 mph it would take us six months to get there. That's equal to driving around the world ten times

But as distant as it presently is ,the moon is getting even farther away because it is moving away from us each year by 1.5 inches. That might not seem like much but over the course of centuries it adds up.

At a rate of 1.5 inches per year the moon moves away from Earth

15 inches in ten years


30 inches in 20 years


45 inches in 30 years


60 inches in 40 years


75 inches in 50 years


90 inches in 60 years


105 inches in 70 years


8.75 feet in 70 years

Thatís 150 inches in 100 years or 12.5 feet more distant each 100 years.

Which is 125 feet more distant in a thousand years.
1,250 feet more distant in ten thousand years.
12,500 feet farther in One hundred Thousand years
125,000 feet farther from Earth in one million years
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